With the award ceremony, the eighth Belgrade International Film Festival for and by people with disabilities – Bosifest came to an end.

13. October 2017.

The Grand Prix of the 8th Bosifest went to the French documentary film, entitled "Arise and Walk" by Matthieu Firmin, the award for the best director went to "Daniel" by Anastazja Dabrowska (Poland) and for the best-case scenario to "Listen to the Silence" by Mariam Chachia (Georgia). Special recognitions were given to films "In another world" by Anna Bedynska (Poland), "Two worlds" by Maciej Adamek (Poland) and "My hero brother" by Yonatan Nir and Enosh Cassel (Israel).

At the closing of the Festival, on October 12 at the Sava Center's "Amphitheatre", the awards were given by the president of the jury, Anica Dobra and the member of the jury, Radoslav Zelenović.

The winner of Grand Prix, Matthieu Firmin, who is showing his battle with paraplegia through this film, said that he was very happy to receive this award, primarily because of the opportunity to show this film outside of France. He thanked Bosifest for shedding a positive light on the problems that people with disabilities are facing.

"Deep down inside, all of us have the strenght to fight. It is important to know that. I was a pesimist, and if I was able to find that strength, then everyone can do it. Nevertheless, I wouldn't be here without the help of my friends and public health care. Therefore, we all should defend our public health care system", said Firmin.

Director Anastazja Dabrowska, along with giving thanks to the organizers of Bosifest, emphasized the value of this Festival because of its focus on the people with disabilities. The award for the best-case scenario was received by the assistant to the author, Mariam Chachia.

The receiver of the special recognition, Anna Bedynska pointed out that this recognition means a lot to her, as this was her first time to be competing in a festival, and she thanked both the Bosifest and the heroine Kasia, who let her into her world. The other two special recognitions were to be given later on.

Anica Dobra stressed that her desire was for all participants to receive awards."Thank you for the inspiration, for the strength. It is incredible that a festival, like this one, exists in our city. That is one of good reasons why we must remain here", said Anica while addressing a large number of young people in the audience.

Radoslav Zelenović stated that this was his second time to be on the jury of Bosifest and that he has become a serious fan of these kind of films, especially since he had the oppourtunity to meet both the authors and actors of the films. "These films don't need a translation. No matter which part of the world it comes from, it is absolutely clear what the problems of that person are and how they are dealing with them. I think that we shouldn't be giving out awards at Bosifest, because all the authors and the actors of these films are winners", pointed out Zelenović.

Director of the Bosifest, Darko Ivić was very pleased to see a large number of highschool and university students who were following the Festival, saying that the films they had seen will make a huge impact on their way of thinking, both now and when they become politicians, journalists, doctors, artists...

"It is important to be humane in our relationships, to empathize not only with people with disabilities, but with every single person. That is the aim of our Festival", said Darko.

Ivić thanked all the professors, school and university parliaments for their organized visit, as well as the members of the jury for their support, the hotels who hosted foreign authors and a large group of volunteers.

For their contribution in the realization of the 8th Bosifest, volunteers received diplomas from the Hendi Center Koloseum. The Letters of commendation were given to hotels Constantine, Evropa, In hotel and Hotel Park.

Enclosed - explanation given by jury members, Anica Dobra, Radoslav Zelenović and Predrag Antonijević, which was read at the Award ceremony by Anica Dobra:

"Arise and Walk" - This is in many ways a unique documentary. Matthieu Firmin, Spicee's editor-in-chief, speaks of his struggle with paraplegia. One day, after a stroke, he woke up as a paraplegic, as a handicapped man. The camera noted all the pain of overcoming the situation he found himself in and his struggle to deal with that situation. His battle, motivation and the support of people around him, are remarkable. Throughout the year, he will be keeping a video diary from the very first day until the moment he is able to walk again.

"Deniel" - Daniel and his friends are spending their holiday in a camp. They are at that age when topics about girls are unavoidable. They are asking some serious questions, "What do you get out of being close with someone?“ and "What is the right way to experess love?" They talk about problems that every person encounters at some poin in their life.

"Listen to the Silence" - Having dreams is a natural and easy thing for each one of us, but following that dream when no one else believes in it, is a destiny only for the commited ones. This feature-length film speaks of a boy, Luka, who is deaf, but has a dream of apprearing on a stage one day and dancing. He believes that in such a way he will be able to take his place in the world around him. This story, told in an incredible film language, is about one boy's dream and his desire to be heard.

"In Another World" - An exciting documentary about a happily married woman, a mother of two children who finds out she is pregnant and carries a child with Down syndrome. The author, as the tradition of best documentaries goes, follows all dilemmas and her personal struggle concerning whether to give birth to the child or to abort the baby. She is aware that neither solution is acceptable. Over six months, the author records with the camera all her mental states and emotions.

"Two worlds" - In this inspiring family portrait, Laura, a twelve-year-old girl, is our guide through her life, but also through the lives of her deaf parents. The film records a series of unusual situations, as well as some ordinary things that are a part of their everyday lives.

"My hero brother" - This unusual documentary speaks of great capacities of people with disabilities. It talks about an unusual, and what seemed to be an incredible undertaking, by a group of young people with Down syndrome on a demanding journey through the Indian Himalayas. In this unusual venture, they receive help from their brothers and sisters.

During the 8th Bosifest, from October 10-12, the audience was able to see 18 films chosen by the selector Gorana Radovanović, 10 in the competitive and 8 in the non-competitive part of the program. All films had their premieres in Serbia at this time, and on the first day of the Festival, there was a World Preview of the Israeli documentary "My hero brother".

This year, Festival's accompanying program was a conference "Start a change", held on the second and third day of the Festival, before the film screenings (12a.m. - 3.30p.m.). Participants of this conference were experts, who held interactive lectures on following topics:

  • Media reports on people with disabilities;
  • The influence of media - film on creating attitudes towards people with disabilities;
  • Application and importance of media in the inclusive education;
  • Culture, tolerance, diversity.
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Anica Dobra: As long as there is a BOSIFEST, there is hope for this country

24. October 2017.

Famous Serbian actress Anica Dobra in a interview for the website of BOSIFEST explains that she was honored to be part of the eighth Belgrade International Film Festival of Persons with Disabilities.

Volunteers like the silent heroes of the BOSIFEST

23. October 2017.

Belgrade International Film Festival of Persons with Disabilities - BOSIFEST was held for the eighth consecutive year. This film festival probably would not exist without the main engineer Darko Ivic, many institutions that supported him for years, as well as sponsors who helped him. However, a large number of volunteers who performed daily "behind the scenes" performed a number of most diverse tasks, in accordance with the standards of the biggest film festivals.

Matthieu Firmin: I am proud of Gran prix, BOSIFEST is a serious festival

23. October 2017.

Grand prix at the 8th Belgrade International Film Festival of Persons with Disabilities won Matthieu Firmin for the film "Arise and Walk". The French author in the film talks about his struggle against the paraplegia that he suddenly received after a stroke.

Guests of the BOSIFEST are delighted with the festival and Belgrade

23. October 2017.

The authors of the films that were guests of the 8th Belgrade International Film Festival of Persons with Disabilities -BOSIFEST say that they bare beautiful memories from the festival and from Belgrade.

With the award ceremony, the eighth Belgrade International Film Festival for and by people with disabilities – Bosifest came to an end.

13. October 2017.

The Grand Prix of the 8th Bosifest went to the French documentary film, entitled "Arise and Walk" by Matthieu Firmin, the award for the best director went to "Daniel" by Anastazja Dabrowska (Poland) and for the best-case scenario to "Listen to the Silence" by Mariam Chachia (Georgia). Special recognitions were given to films "In another world" by Anna Bedynska (Poland), "Two worlds" by Maciej Adamek (Poland) and "My hero brother" by Yonatan Nir and Enosh Cassel (Israel).

"Normal Autistic Film" and "My hero brother" thrilled the audience on the first day of the 8th Bosifest

11. October 2017.

Czech documentary "Normal Autistic Film" by Miroslav Janek and the Israeli film "My hero brother" by Yonatan Nir and Enosh Cassel, opened on Tuesday the eighth Belgrade International Film festival for and by people with disability - Bosifes. The "Amphitheatre" hall of Sava Center was packed during the screenings of both films and there was not an indifferent person in sight.

Numerous guests at the opening of the 8th Bosifest in the Sava Center

11. October 2017.

The eighth Belgrade International Film Festival for and by people with disabilities - Bosifest, held from October 10 to 12 in Sava Center, attrackted numerous guests from Serbia and abroad.

The eighth Belgrade International Film Festival for and by people with disabilities - Bosifest is officially opened.

10. October 2017.

The eighth Bosifest was officially opened last night at the Belgrade Sava Center’s "Amphitheatre". Director of the Festival, Darko Ivić, assistant to the Minister of Culture and Information Ivana Dedić, acting assistant to the Minister of Labor, Empoyment, Veteran and Social Policy - Sector for protection of people with disabilities - Biljana Barošević, representative of the Ministry of Education, Science and Technological development Gordana Cvetković and a member of the City Council of Belgrade Dragomir Petronijević addressed a numerous and mostly young audience.

The official selection of films for the BOSIFEST 2017

10. June 2017.

Competitive program:

  1. 50 X Rio
    Director: Francesco Mansuti
    Country: Italy
    Duration: 36:14
  1. 88MhZ
    Director: Yana Titova
    Country: Bulgaria
    Duration: 39:00
  1. Altrove
    Directors: Cesare Cicardini, Mauro Melgrati
    Country: Italy
    Duration: 18:00

 

  1. Daniel
    Director: Anastazja Dabrowska
    Country: Poland
    Trajanje: 24:00
  1. In another world
    Director: Anna Bedynska
    Country: Netherlands
    Duration: 26:00
  1. Lêve-toi et marché
    Director: Matthieu Firmin
    Country: France
    Duration: 83:00

 

  1. Listen to the silence
    Director: Mariam Chachia
    Country: Georgia
    Duration: 80:00
  1. Normal autistic film
    Director: Miroslav Janek
    Country: Czech Republic
    Duration: 82:00
  1. They went dancing
    Director: Maryam Makhieva
    Country: Russia
    Duration: 19:43

 

  1. Two worlds
    Director: Maciej Adamek
    Country: Poljska
    Duration: 52:00

 

 

 

Non competitive program:

  1. Andre The Anti-Giant
    Director: Kim Saltarski
    Country: Canada
    Duration: 16:46
  1. Champion and Ballet Dancer
    Director: Ekaterina Timoshenko
    Country: Russia
    Duration: 26:00
  1. I’m Jeeja
    Director: Swati Chakraborty
    Country: India
    Duration: 26:00

 

  1. If i could choose
    Director: Mirijana Isakov, Žarko Sebić, Željko Mandić
    Country: Serbia
    Duration: 8:30
  1. The kangaroo komplex
    Director: Sarah Moon Howe
    Country: Belgium
    Duration: 57:45
  1. My hero brother
    Director: Yonatan Nir, Enosh Cassel
    Country: Israel
    Duration: 78:22

 

  1. Sanctuary
    Director: Len Collin
    Country: United Kingdom
    Duration: 86:00
  1. Toloo
    Director: Ebrahim Nematijan
    Country: Iran
    Duration: 17:42

 

 

 

Pomo Video Bosifest 2017

09. June 2017.

Bosifest 2017, from 10 to 12 October, at the Sava Center. Welcome!

Two worlds

06. June 2017.

Maciej Adamek is director and scriptwriter. Recognized documentary director. Graduated from the Polish philology at University in Gdańsk and directing at the Łódź Film School. His films was screened at few hundred film festivals where received about 50 awards (at San Fransico FF, Palm Springs FF, Silverdocs in Washington, Shanghai FF, Munich, Toronto, Moscow , Montreal FF etc.)

Normal Autistic Film

05. June 2017.

Miroslav Janek born in 1954 in Nachod in the Czech Republic. He started making photographs from the age of ten and short films from the age of fifteen a great number of which were awarded prizes at numerous amateur film festivals. He emigrated to Germany in 1979, and then to USA in 1980 where, during the eighties and nineties worked as an editor and cameraman.

Daniel

05. June 2017.

Anastazja Dabrowska, born on 1990 in Warsaw. Since 2012 she is a student of Directing at the Krzysztof Kieślowski Faculty of Radio and Television of the University of Silesia in Katowice. Previously studied Environmental protection at UKSW.

Arise and walk

05. June 2017.

Matthieu Firmin starts as a journaliste at AFP (Agence France Press) at the middle east / African desk after a master’s degree in history at La Sorbonne University.

88 Mhz

04. June 2017.

Yana Titova was born on February 26, 1983 in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. At the age of 14, while studying piano and singing in the prestigious Musical School in Plovdiv, she was at cast as Juliet in Romeo and Juliet. Since then, acting has become her life. In 2007, Yana received her degree in acting from the National Academy for Theatre and Film Arts in Sofia.

I’m Jeeja

04. June 2017.

Swati Chakravarty did her Masters in Economics from Jadavpur University and then trained in Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC). She heads the Department of Information Communication Technology at the Indian Institute of Cerebral Palsy and has won the international ABLENET. Award for developing low-cost indigenous technology for AAC. She has worked as a script writer and assistant director for several films commissioned by MHRD, FD, PRI, etc.

Altrove

04. June 2017.

Cesare Cicardini is a director and photographer based in Milan. Five. He graduated from the film school in Milan in 1997. He has collaborated with magazines of the most important media groups as well as major record labels and publishers. His works have been exhibited in various national and international art galleries. He has directed various documentaries, short films and TV commercials.

My hero brother

04. June 2017.

Award winning documentary filmmaker Yonatan Nir started his storytelling career as a photojournalist. His photo essays, from countries such as Papua New Guinea, Mexico, Guatemala, Cuba, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Egypt, India, and South Africa, have been featured extensively in Israeli and international newspapers and magazines.

Listen to the Silence

04. June 2017.

Mariam graduated from Georgian State University Shota Rustaveli Theatre and Film - Drama faculty in 2003 with honors where she studied Theatre Directing and Acting. Since then Mariam has led a distinguished career in film and television production where she has worked as an award winning scriptwriter, art director, assistant director, director and producer.

Sanctuary

04. June 2017.

Len Collin was born in London and lives in Ireland with dual citizenship. He trained as a professional actor at Arts Educational Drama School London and he is also a production and Direction MA graduate of the Huston Film School, Galway, Ireland. Len started writing for the theater in the early nineties.

The Kangaroo Complex

03. June 2017.

Sarah Moon Howe was born in 1972. Was a professional dancer before started filmmaking in 2003. Her filmography includes Don’t Tell My Mother (2003), In Case of Loss of Pressure (2009) The Kangaroo’s Complex (2014) is her third film.

50 x Rio

02. June 2017.

Francesco Mansutti lives and works in Padua. He has been director, filming and editing since 1995. As a director he has produced numerous docu-films, short films and commercials.
Among his last works are: The Games of Others (2009); Rosso70 (2009), Luce/Light (2011). He is co-directed of numerous docu-films with Vinicio Stefanello. He is Art-Director of a major advertising agency.

Andre The Anti-Giant

02. June 2017.

Kim Saltarski gripping documentaries for NGOs Children International & Plan Canada shot in Benin, Colombia, Peru, Zambia, The Philippines and Ecuador have touched the hearts of millions across North America. His bevy of broadcasters include: Nickelodeon, CTV, CBC, The Comedy Network, YTV, Disney Channel, Global, Discovery Channel, BBC Kids, Cartoon Network, and The Family Channel.

Friend of the Festival Constantine the Great

01. June 2017.

Tell us more about Hotel Constantine the Great?

Hotel Constantine the Great opened in November 2014 and has 56 rooms. There is an elegant restaurant Edict with international and domestic cuisine, a very good selection of wine, a conference hall with capacity of up to 85 people with modern technology and own catering, and parking with guard, ramp and video surveillance and solves the big problem of parking in the city center for all our Guests and visitors.

Friend of the Festival Hotel IN

31. May 2017.

Tell us more about IN hotel?

IN hotel opened the door for the first time in 2006. It is located in the business center of New Belgrade. It has 187 modern rooms, arranged on seven floors. The IN hotel is itself a great advantage in the business part of New Belgrade, across the road from Kombank Arena and Sava Centar, and right next to the highway which takes 12 minutes to Nikola Tesla airport, it provides guests with easy and efficient communication during the their stay in Belgrade.

Friend of the Festival Garni Hotel Evropa

31. May 2017.

Tell us more about the Garni Hotel Evropa?

The Garni Hotel Evropa is located in the very center of the city, at the beginning of the pedestrian zone of Knez Mihailova Street. The hotel is a unique blend of different styles of European culture, elegance and luxury, with modern technical achievements. In its structure, the hotel has luxuriously equipped suites, premium, superior and standard rooms, SPA center and breakfast room.

Volunteers 2017

30. May 2017.

Bosifest requires serious organization with a large number of activities. Preparing the festival provides an opportunity to show their talents, and to return for a unique experience that will later be of great help and use in professional career. As in previous years, also this year a large number of volunteers contributed their hard work and dedication to the successful realization of the festival.

Goran Radovanovic - Selector of Bosifest 2017

29. May 2017.

This year’s selector is our famous director Goran Radovanović. He is born in Belgrade in 1957. Graduated art history from Belgrade’s Faculty of Philosophy in 1982. Between 1977 and 1980 he sojourned in Munich on a scholarship awarded by the Goethe Institute. After his return to Belgrade, he has worked as writer and director of both feature and documentary films.